County Administrator

Organization: Georgetown County, SC
Salary: The County Council is committed to a starting salary that will be market competitive depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual.
Close Date: January 6, 2020

Job Description:

Georgetown County was founded in 1769 and is seated in the City of Georgetown, the third oldest city in South Carolina. The County is located along South Carolina’s coast approximately an hour from both Myrtle Beach and Charleston. The County’s residents and visitors enjoy some of the State’s most beautiful beaches, marshes and rivers as well as a wealth of history and culture. Georgetown County has South Carolina’s second largest seaport which helps sustain both its historic agricultural trade as well as significant present-day local industry.
The median age of County residents is 48.5 and the median household income is $46,967. Georgetown County is blessed with a wide variety of quality of life amenities including beaches, fishing, golfing hunting, cycling, a wide range of recreational facilities and programs, fishing piers, boat landings, tournament level tennis courts, baseball complexes and many other outdoor recreational amenities. In addition to the City of Georgetown, the City of Pawleys Island and the Town of Andrews are located in the County. The City of Georgetown serves as the major retail trade center for the County.

Georgetown County operates under the “Council-Administrator” form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in a 7-member governing Council. Members are elected from districts for four-year staggered terms in partisan elections. The Chair is elected every two years by the other members of the Council. The County Council is responsible for adopting annual budgets, setting tax rates and levying ad valorem taxes. The Council employs a County Administrator who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the County and for implementing County Council policies.

The County Administrator serves at the pleasure of the County Council as the administrative head of the government, overseeing the daily governmental operations and executing and administering the policies and directives of the County Council. His/her most important responsibilities include employing, managing and evaluating the work of County employees, ensuring that all County departments function effectively and efficiently and that they provide high quality services to all parts of the County and respond to requests for information and/or assistance from individuals, business and private organizations, other governments and community groups. County functions and departments under the County Administrator include: Finance, Emergency Services, Planning and Code Enforcement, Public Services (including Public Works), Administrative Services, Management Information Services, Economic Development, County Attorney, and Public Information. Other County offices are administered by either elected or appointed officials and include the Auditor, Chief Magistrate, Clerk of Court, Coroner, Probate Judge, Sheriff, Treasurer, Voter Registration and the Director of Library Services. The County has approximately 600 full-time employees. The total FY19-20 budget, including capital and enterprise funds, is $90.5 million, which includes a slight increase in the millage rate of 2.7%. Visit Georgetown County on the web at:

Minimum requirements include a Master’s degree in Public Administration and eight (8) years’ experience, OR a Bachelor’s degree and ten (10) years’ experience in public administration, local government management, or related field. Must be a strong manager and leader with excellent “people skills.” Requires working knowledge and understanding of pertinent Federal, State and local laws. Must be willing and able to learn the unique features of South Carolina’s “Home Rule” law and its requirements with regard to the operation of South Carolina County businesses as well as the responsibilities and relationships between the Administrator, County Council, the State of South Carolina legislature and/or other governing or judicial bodies. A detailed recruitment profile is available at

Compensation and How to Apply -- The County Council is committed to a starting salary that will be market competitive depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual. In addition, the County provides an excellent benefit package. Reasonable relocation expenses will be negotiable with the successful candidate.

The position will remain open until filled. A first review of resumes is scheduled for January 6, 2020. Please send a letter of application, detailed résumé and current salary to: Robert E. Slavin or Barbara Lipscomb; SLAVIN MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS; 3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1; Norcross, Georgia 30071, Phone: (770) 449-4656, Fax: (770) 416-0848, E-mail: Electronic responses are highly preferred.

Note: Under South Carolina law, only finalist names are required to be disclosed. Finalist candidates will be notified prior to disclosure. Be aware, however, that due to the public nature of this process, confidentiality cannot be absolutely guaranteed to any applicant.

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